Saturday, February 19, 2011

Al-Qaradawi Leads Friday Prayers in Cairo, Prays for the Conquest of Jerusalem

Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi delivers the Friday sermon in
Tahrir Square, 18 Feb 2011
The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, made a triumphant return to Egypt yesterday to deliver the Friday sermon in Tahrir Square in Cairo before a huge crowd of Egyptian Muslims, after more than 30 years of being banned from doing so. During his sermon, he prayed for "the conquest of the al-Aqsa Mosque," which by extension means the conquest of Jerusalem. A translation of the relevant portion of his remarks follows, with the full transcript to come out at a later date (I'm still working on it) (see the video in Arabic here):
A message to our brothers in Palestine: I have hope that Almighty Allah, as I have been pleased with the victory in Egypt, that He will also please me with the conquest of the al-Aqsa Mosque, to prepare the way for me to preach in the al-Aqsa Mosque. May Allah prepare the way for us to (preach) in the al-Aqsa Mosque in safety--not in fear, not in haste. May Allah achieve this clear conquest for us. O sons of Palestine, I am confident that you will be victorious.
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